Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Students tour fire salvage area

Today I covered the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference's annual spring field day in the woods for area schoolchildren. About 600 kids are expected to attend the field trip today and tomorrow, and this year, students are getting to see the salvage logging operation from the Ponderosa Fire.

In the photos, from the top: Loren German of Creekside Logging in Redding explains to fifth-graders from West Cottonwood Elementary School how a hot saw works; firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection talk to kids from Evergreen School about fire behavior; and logs are salvaged for harvest.

Organizers would appreciate what a group of Anderson High School seniors told me today -- that they weren't aware of all the work that happens after a fire and that they appreciated the operation's emphasis on environmental stewardship. "It's like they're recycling," AHS senior Christina Swaggerty said.

For what it's worth, despite the photo opportunities that you'd think would be too good to pass up, I saw no other media there other than the Anderson Valley Post. Go figure.

Look for my story at CapitalPress.com soon.

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